Rickson Gracie, member of the most prominent martial arts
family, was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he entered his
first Jiu Jitsu competition at the age of six. By the age of
fifteen he was teaching his family’s martial art. For almost two
decades, Gracie reigned as world Jiu Jitsu champion in both the
middle heavy weight and open divisions. He retired from fighting
with an undefeated record.
Since retiring, he has focused on unifying and spreading his family martial art through his Global Jiu Jitsu Federation. Today, he teaches seminars around the world and his students come from all walks of life: men, women, children, senior citizens, law enforcement officers, military personnel, veterans suffering from PTSD, and martial artists of all styles. A film about his life, Dead or Alive, directed by Narcos director José Padilha, is currently in production from Netflix.